MIA Round Table at Autosport International

The UK's Motorsport Industry Association is now assembling a 25-member panel to participate in the second annual Autosport International Industry Round Table, during Europe's largest motorsport show at the NEC near Birmingham. The event will take place on the AUTOSPORT Central Stage on January 9, 2003. Attendance will be free of charge and there will be four 30-minute discussion sessions, the first starting at 3pm

MIA Round Table at Autosport International

The event will be chaired by the CEO of the MIA, Chris Aylett. The confirmed panel members so far are Charles Armstrong-Wilson (editor, Racecar Engineering, Martin Birrane (chairman, Lola Cars International), Richard Burden MP (adviser to the Sports Minister - Motorsport), Brendan Connor (CEO, Cosworth Racing), Peter Digby (MD, Xtrac), Alistair Fergusson (MD, Alcon Components), John Grant (chairman, Motor Sports Association), Nick Hayes (MD of Engineering, Cosworth Racing), Tony Jardine (F1 ITV), Rob Oldaker (MD, MG Sport & Racing), Pat Symonds (executive director of Engineering, Renault F1), Malcolm Wilson (MD, M-Sport) and Jim Wright (head of Marketing, Williams F1).

The panel will cover a range of topics, including: technology developments and their effect on motorsport; the global economic position and its effect on motorsport; the future beyond tobacco sponsorship; how motorsport delivers value for money to commercial partners; marketing motorsport as a family entertainment experience; learning from US motorsport in developing a desirable consumer product; the structure of club and professional racing in the UK; the future for F1, CART and the IRL; driving down the costs of participation in motorsport; the role of 'pay TV'; digital TV as a medium of the future; the value of sport broadcasting rights; the current and future role of OEMs in motorsport; the role of the UK government in promoting and protecting the motorsport and performance engineering sector; and education and skills provision for motorsport.

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